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Consulting Engineers

Construction of CSP plant to start in Northern Cape

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Construction of developer, owner and operator of independent water and power projects ACWA Power’s 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project (IPP) is proposed to start in the third quarter of 2013 on the Bokpoort farm, near Upington, in the Northern Cape. The CSP IPP... 

Industry body urges members to be unquestionably ethical

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 South Africa needs to improve its business integrity to eliminate corrupt practices, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram said in June in his speech in Johannesburg during a Cesa Gauteng presidential visit. 

Consulting engineering has become unattractive – industry body

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 A survey of recruitment problems in the consulting engineering sector has revealed low numbers of black professionals in the engineering, technician and technologist professions, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram highlighted. 

Consulting engineering sector to commit to attracting, retaining women

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 There is a global link between economic development and women participation, and this is evident in South Africa where a big gap exists between participation of male and female engineers, says consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) CEO Malani Padayachee. Consulting... 

Firms to develop blueprint for port terminal privatisation

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting firm SSI has partnered with European project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV to develop a blueprint for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to privatise its Ngqura container port terminal operations. SSI is part of the DHV group,... 

Angola sugar manufacturing project under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting engineering company Bosch Projects is undertaking the largest greenfield sugar project in Angola. Bosch Projects signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation on April 24 to undertake this project, which entails the design of a sugar and... 

Firm continues geographic expansion

3rd August 2012 Engineering consultant SRK Consulting plans to continue developing further geographically and to add to its range of services, says chairperson Roger Dixon. “Strategic initiatives include a focus on renewable energy and further nuclear site investigations, public sector service delivery,... 

Seychelles development to benefit youth

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The design phase of the 6 000 m² Espace mixed-use development in the Seychelles is about 85% complete. Construction company Green Island Construction, based in the Seychelles, has been appointed to design and construct the building, which is adjacent to the inter island quay at Port Victoria. 

Company to host third user conference in 2012

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Autodesk Gold Partner and software solutions company the CAD Corporation plans to use its yearly user conference on August 3 to prove to current and prospective users that it is a holistic Autodesk software and services solutions provider, says MD Leon Smalberger. He points out the theme of this... 

E-learning to benefit engineering sector

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The large student-to-teacher ratio in university classrooms results in students receiving little individual attention from lecturers. They also risk falling behind in their coursework, which is a contributing factor to the skills gap in South Africa’s engineering industry, says online training... 

Engineering registration to become mandatory to fight fraud  

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is embarking on a programme to make the registration of engineering graduates as practising engineers compulsory, says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.  

Private sector can assist public infrastructure developments, says industry body

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 In support of achieving the goals set out in government’s New Growth Path, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has welcomed the National Planning Commission’s ‘Diagnostic Overview’, published in June. 

Firm warns Act could put consulting engineers at disadvantage

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 The latest Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, No 5 of 2000 regulations, which are due to come into effect on December 7, might place consulting engineers at a disadvantage during the project tendering processes, says consulting engineering company SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Consultancy targets Africa for further growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Consultancy firm SRK Consulting South Africa is focusing on developing its latest ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana, while building its capacity in Zimbabwe and Angola, says MD Peter Labrum. 

Project group continues rapid growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Process design and project execution company Matomo, a TWP Holdings company, has merged with construction and engineering division Basil Read Turnkey to develop and expand the group’s turnkey capacity. 

New premises incorporates green design and construction

29th July 2011 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon has completed the construction of the new 20 000 m2 Lynnwood Bridge Office Park building, in Tshwane, of which it is also a co-owner. 

3D modelling procedures assist in reducing project lead times

29th July 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s structural practice is reducing its project delivery schedules by up to three months, as well as improving quality control, owing to improved workflow through its in-house three-dimensional (3D) modeling procedures and shop detailing... 

Correctly planned and managed projects lead to greater safety

29th July 2011 Managing and operating projects in the built environment can be uncomfortable, risky and even life threatening for project managers, and the success of these projects can rely on effective risk analysis, says project management training company and consultants ProjectPro CEO Terry Deacon. 

Company introduces less complex model for faster integration

29th July 2011 Enterprise project management (EPM) solution provider UMT Consulting South Africa has introduced an enterprise project and portfolio management- (EPPM-) capable organisational maturity model, which provides faster integration and buy-in for strategy portfolio throughput, as well as realising the... 

Firm commended for innovative technology use

29th July 2011 Engineering consultancy and technical services provider Aurecon has received a commendation in the Innovative Technologies category at the 2011 Fulton Awards, which are hosted by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa, for a bridge it designed as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Electrical contract awarded to engineering consultant

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Engineering consultancy CKR Consulting Engineers has been awarded an electrical and electronic consulting services contract by information technology services provider Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure (DDAI), as part of DDAI’s team, to design and construct the new Johannesburg Stock... 

Drawing management program improves file management 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Developers of project and financial management ProMan software Akron Software has launched ProDraw, a drawing management program to better manage the drawing and file management activities of consulting engineers, says MD Arno Greyling. 

Corruption, lack of business integrity continue to challenge consulting engineers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Corruption and a lack of business integrity in South Africa remains a significant concern for consulting engineers, says consulting engineering firm SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Competition for African projects hots up 

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Consulting engineers are increasingly looking crossborder for projects in Africa says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Zulch Lötter. 

Developing a project 
pipeline in Africa

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 AMEC Minproc, part of international engineering and project management company AMEC, is developing its project pipeline in Africa through the delivery of feasibility studies, some of which it expects to convert to executable projects later this year. 

Consulting engineers support corporate 
social investment 

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Investigations are under way to determine if training institution African Academy’s computer systems can be run off a central server, which could allow the academy to be virtually accessible to the rest of the country, reports consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch. 

Multidisciplinary approach to draughting and design

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 The Academy of Advanced Technology offers a multidisciplined training approach to new and experienced consulting engineers, giving them a competitive edge, says Academy of Advanced Technology founder and director Professor Emil Dirsuwei. 

Firm increases its 
visibility in Limpopo

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 MPA Consulting Engineers’ (MPA’s) visibility in Limpopo province has increased through its involvement in the Limpopo Transport Operations Plan for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and it may capitalise on this in the future. 

Consulting firm’s strategic approach accrues projects

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Diversified consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon says that, although the company’s investments in the UK dropped during the financial crisis, its local workload did not decrease and its revenue increased during the last financial year.  

Ready for African expansion

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 As a result of its successful expansion into Mozambique, engineering and project management consulting firm RSV ENCO Consulting (ENCO) is ready to expand further into Africa, says ENCO CEO Neels Engelbrecht. 

Long-term, strategic planning taking 
a back seat?

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 While South Africa made some headway in overcoming water and sanitation backlogs, long-term, strategic water resources planning has taken a back seat and will result in a water crisis worse than the energy crisis, says consulting engineering company SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Sustainability issues 
spur new approach in tough times

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st July 2009 Consulting engineers and scientists, SRK Consulting, is focused on sustainable development, and advises clients to keep this in mind when considering the their bottom line, says SRK Consulting MD Brian Middleton. 

Local technology enters Brazilian markets

31st July 2009 Energy and sugar consultants company Bosch Projects and suppliers of equipment to the Brazilian sugar and ethanol industry Dedini Industrias de Base have signed an agreement for Dedini to exclusively promote the patented Bosch Projects chainless diffuser technology in Brazil.


Skills retention critical for industry

31st July 2009 Consulting engineers and engineering procurement construction management (EPCM) companies are being confronted with increased levels of competition as the pool of work diminishes in the wake of the global recession. 

New train of thought needed in industry

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st July 2009 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI are focusing on three key elements, namely sustainability, business integrity and corporate responsibility,” says SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Contract finalised for water project in Lesotho

31st July 2009 The Metolong programme implementation unit (MPIU) has signed a contract with the Lesotho Waterworks joint venture (LWJV) to undertake work on the Metolong dam and water supply programme (MDWSP). 

Partnerships required to survive industry challenges

By: Jacqueline Holman     31st July 2009 Consulting engineering firms should partner with engineering recruitment agencies to form diverse project teams, says specialist recruitment agency Network Engineering network electrical branch manager Gerhard Louwrens. 

Project consultants weather the economic crisis

31st July 2009 Project consulting company DRA’s project pipeline is being tested in the current economic environment, with the world still reeling from the global financial sub-prime crisis, says DRA Projects Director Wray Carvelas. 

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